The Personal Journey 365, shield of faith
…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16 NKJV
In the spiritual sense, the only means of building the shield of faith is through the experience of quenching the fiery darts of the wicked one. Each piece of armory in the Armor of God is procured and refined through experience; this includes the shield of faith. The fiery darts from the evil one are the thoughts, the words, or the actions encountered on a daily basis that can penetrate the heart, thus creating doubt, discouragement, or a sense of being unworthy. They can come from anywhere at any time. Consequently, the most blistering and fieriest of darts are the ones that come from those closest to us, including ourselves.
Imagine for a moment, Jesus sharing with the Disciples the most profound moment of His impending divine providence –His death on the cross. When Peter speaking from an unfiltered human perception rebukes Jesus when he says, “Heaven forbid, Lord… This will never happen to you.” Matthew 16:22, NLT
Then Jesus addressing Peter’s remark head on refutes, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Matthew 16:23, NLT
Jesus was not calling Peter Satan, but rather rebuking the words that came from Peter’s mouth as a result of speaking without the insight to the divine revelation of God. The words spoken by Peter were the fiery darts as a result of an unfiltered and unyielded human perspective.
Discussing, reading, or trying to analyze the means of faith will never acquire it. We must do battle on a daily basis for that is the very catalyst that builds the faith needed to shield the intended victim. Faith can only be developed, tested, and implemented through the experience of surrendering one’s own understanding and yielding to the divine wisdom of the Holy Spirit within as true believers. I do not understand; therefore, I do.
To even grasp the need to be equipped in Spiritual armory, and that the battle is not with flesh and blood, is the result of divine revelation knowledge of true believers in Jesus Christ. It is not a fight with each other; it is walking in victory by means of surrender to the divine Love of God –Jesus Christ– on the journey through the valley of the shadow of death. Anything else is a deception that is the simplicity of it.
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Regina M. Dick
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